Proposed route

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Map to HS2 route - Credit BBC

HS2 proposed route - credit BBC

The Government's proposed High Speed 2 route from London to Manchester and Leeds will have a significant impact on trees and ancient woodland.

London to Birmingham (Phase one)

The confirmed route from London to Birmingham will cause:

  • Direct loss to 36 ancient woods
  • Damage to 27 ancient woods (due to noise, vibration, changes to lighting and dust)
  • At least 8 ancient trees are threatened by Phase 1 of HS2

These are the figures we submitted as part of our consultation response to the Phase 1 Environmental Statement. They are a starting point and are likely to change as we work through the proposal in more detail as part of the petitioning process and (hopefully) win more protection.

Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds (Phase two)

The current proposed route from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds will cause:

  • Direct loss to 14 ancient woods
  • Damage to 21 ancient woods (due to noise, vibration, changes to lighting and dust)
  • At least 5 ancient trees are threatened by Phase 2 of HS2

Route alterations, the width of the track cutting (which will vary), road building to allow vehicle access, or noise and disturbance – first from construction and later the high speed trains that will pass at speeds of up to 250mph several times a day – could all impact on these woods and more.

Picnic in the woods
High speed train

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